After our successful naming, concept, design and delivery of the Kith and Kin brand and interiors for Arc in Chapel Allerton, we have followed with delivery of a brand new interior concept for the existing chain ‘Banyan Bar and Kitchen’. We implemented this for the new site at the prestigious Corn Exchange development in Manchester City Centre. This is ARC’S first venture into Manchester and with existing Banyan’s in Harrogate and York the client wanted a fresh approach to create a beautiful bar space serving food throughout the day.
NoChintz worked with KPP architects to design a 900sqm space over three levels with separate lounge, bar and restaurant areas and two Private Dining Rooms in the basement area. We provided full consultancy and specification on all finishes and fabrics and designed and delivered all lighting, signage, bespoke tables and dressing throughout the space.
Many of the finishes play on the reference of the Banyan tree itself with a focus on quality, warm timbers, log and branch inspired wallpapers and fabrics offset with rich copper tones in the lighting, signage and dressings. The space uses planting heavily to soften the scheme both internally and externally. Table bases, balustrade details and a ceiling installation at the entrance reference the tree and root structure itself while etched stamps, inscribed plaques and environmental graphics reference the banyan tree as the place Indian traders would gathered and also historically the Corn Exchange as a place for trade.
The Private Dining Rooms have playful touches with swings, walls made of gabions, inlaid bespoke tables and locally sourced artwork. The brief to create beautiful spaces is also taken through to the toilets where we created an ante space and dressing area within the girls toilets.
The result is a spacious yet highly detailed interior which delivers a venue that all can enjoy.